Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free EXMACHINA Male Full-Body Avatar

There are three options for male avatars who are looking for a free/inexpensive mesh head and body, all from Altamura:

  • The two versions of the free Altamura Max avatars at the freebie stores at UniHispana Crea and Ajuda SL Brasil (see here for more details). Note that you cannot remove the head to replace it with another mesh head.
  • The free Altamura Robert avatar from the Freebie Megastore at London City (see here for more details). One advantage of this body is that you can remove the head to use another mesh head with it (like the recent freebie mesh head from Akeruka).
  • The free Altamura Tommy avatar at the Altamura mainstore (you do need to join the Altamura group for L$50 to get this freebie; see here for more details). Again, you cannot remove the head to replace it with another mesh head.

Well, EXMACHINA has just released version 4 of their full-body male mesh avatar, and you can pick up a free demo version at their store. You do have to join the EXMACHINA group for free to use the vendor.

One drawback is that the included shape that comes with it is NO modify, which is a real pain in the ass. However, there are a couple of ways around this limitation. You can click on the Giorgio and Andrew skin and shape panels located on the wall to the right of the demo version vendor, and buy those for L$0 (you must be in the EXMACHINA group). While you cannot use the skin appliers with the free demo version of the EXMACHINA mesh body, you can use the modifiable shapes. Also, there is a L$10 Diego shape available on the SL Marketplace which you can use with this body, and you can modify it as you like. I bought the Diego shape and used it for the pictures below.

Here’s what my avatar looks like with the slightly adjusted Diego shape (I had to play around with the eyes, mouth, nose, torso muscles and arm length a bit):

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The avatar comes with the mesh eyes you see here. It also comes in two versions: nude, or with the blue bathing suit you see here. It’s actually quite a nice-looking avatar! Please note that you cannot change the skin colour (remember, this is a demo, not the full version).

The hair is Minato by Argrace, a free group gift (the group is free to join). The AO I used is the Daily sLife free Bento male AO (available free from Tuty’s). The total cost of this avatar is FREE! You can’t beat that!

Another serious limitation with the free EXMACHINA body is that it does not come with alpha sections on the HUD (in fact, there’s no HUD at all!). So, basically, you’re going to have problems getting clothing and shoes to fit, unless they are designed for this body. Note that there are a few clothes for sale, designed to fit the EXMACHINA mesh body without the need for alphas, so you can try those. I did spend another L$250 on a muscle shirt and a pair of jeans, both of which fit this mesh body perfectly!

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Menswear by Bakaboo

Bakaboo (in-world store, SL Marketplace) is a Second Life brand known for their vibrant, colourful patterns in clothing for both men and women. But did you know that you can pick up a small wardrobe of fabulous freebies for men from their Group Gifts section at the back of the store?

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If you join the L’Homme Magazine SL Readers group for free, you can pick up four articles of men’s clothing! Here’s a complete suit, which is one of the four gifts:

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And, if you join the Bakaboo group (also for free), you can pick up an additional three gifts for male avatars! The following outfit consists of a jacket (another group gift from L’Homme Magazine), plus matching pants and shoes (both group gifts from Bakaboo):

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And finally, if you can find the black moustache from the Men Only Hunt hidden somewhere in or around the store, you can get this sweatshirt and sweatpants outfit for free! The clue is “The wisest and deerest one”. The hunt ends Aug. 18th, so hurry down!

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Here’s the SLURL to take you to Bakaboo.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Male and Female Mesh Full-Body Avatars from Altamura!

Late last year, Altamura very generously gave the Jenny full-body mesh avatar as a free hunt prize in the Women Only Hunt, and the Robert full-body mesh avatar as a free hunt prize for the Men Only Hunt. Altamura has also given out free male (Max) and female (Valentina) mesh bodies at the freebie stores at Ajuda SL Brasil and Unihispana Crea. These are beautifully designed mesh avatar bodies, equal in quality to the much pricier versions available.

Well, the Men Only Hunt and Women Only Hunt are on once again, and this time around, there’s both a male mesh avatar head and body package (Tommy) and a female mesh avatar head and body package (Emanuelle) as FREE hunt prizes!

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To get the Tommy full-body mesh avatar, you have to find a black moustache. To get the Emanuelle full-body mesh avatar, you are looking for half a coconut. The hunt officially starts tomorrow, August 4th and runs until August 18th, but I was able to find both hunt prizes already today, Friday, August 3rd.

You don’t need to join a group to get the hunt prizes, but if you do get the Emanuelle female mesh avatar body, there’s also a free set of lipstick appliers, just for it. Just click the panel you see in the picture above the Emanuelle display (you’ll have to join the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group for L$50 to get the lipstick appliers).

As I have said before, I have found that clothing designed for the Maitreya Lara mesh avatar body fits the Altamura female body very well, with a minimum of fuss. Also, the Altamura female mesh bodies have Slink-compatible feet, so any shoe designed for Slink feet should work well (the female mesh body gift comes in three foot heights, selectable via HUD: flat, medium, and high). The bodies have Bento hands, and (in a nice touch) Altamura has included a hand AO which cycles natural hand positions, which you can use with your regular (non-Bento) AO. Both bodies also come with a facial AO.

Both Tommy and Emanuelle come with a HUD which allows you a complete set of alpha selections to make any clothes look good. However, you should know that, on the male Tommy avatar, you will not be able to remove the attached head to replace it with another head. However, on the female Emanuelle body, you can remove the head, eyelashes, teeth, and hair and use a different head with the body (like, say, that beautiful new Maia Bento mesh head you picked up for free from Akeruka). Also note that Omega skin appliers will not work with these hunt prize bodies. You are stuck with the single skin tone they have.

Here are a couple of shots of the Emanuelle mesh avatar body so you can see what it looks like (please click on each picture to see it full size):

Here’s the SLURL to take you to the new location of the Altamura store (note that the store has recently moved). If you haven’t bought a mesh avatar body yet because of the cost, this is your perfect opportunity to give it a try, for free! Happy hunting!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Altamura Mesh Heads and Bodies for Male and Female Avatars at the eBento Event

Altamura often has special deals for mesh avatar heads and bodies at various Second Life shopping events, and the current round of the eBento event is no exception. This time, Altamura is offering the same great deal for both male and female avatars: a Bento mesh head for only L$350, and a Bento mesh body for only L$500!

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These items are all Omega compatible, so you can use Omega skin appliers with them. I have found that the Altamura female mesh bodies work very well with clothing designed for Maitreya Lara mesh bodies, so clothing should not be a problem.

You do have to join the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group for L$50 in order to get these bargains. I would suggest that you join the group and stay subscribed, because Altamura offers these sorts of deals regularly.

Here’s a SLURL to take directly to the Altamura booth at the eBento event.

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: All the Men’s Clothing at Kauna is FREE

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I couldn’t believe it until I actually got into the sim to check it out for myself. (You’ll probably have to use something like the Teleport Hammer to get in, because the sim is currently jam-packed with avatars picking up all the freebies!)

Kauna menswear store (Flickr photo group) is currently GIVING AWAY ALL THEIR CLOTHING AND SHOES FOR FREE. Yes, that’s right, FREE! We’re talking suits, shirts, vests, sweaters, jackets, socks, shoes and boots, tuxedos and smoking jackets and military tunics, glasses, even beards and moustaches, all mesh, all free. There are both modern and retro styles. There’s even a set of Harry Potter Hogwarts ties and a designer zombie suit!! Everything in the store is free, zilch, zippo, nada, just waiting for you to come in and vacuum it all up!

I should warn you ahead of time that all the mesh clothing comes in three standard sizes (small, medium, and large), and it is not designed specifically for popular male mesh avatar bodies like Signature Gianni or Belleza Jake.

So drop whatever you’re doing and get over here, because I don’t know how long this giveaway is going to last. You’ll have to do your shopping in-world, as Kauna does not have most of these good-quality men’s items on their SL Marketplace store.

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I am loading up the inventories of all my male alts when there’s this big a deal, and I would encourage you to do the same!

UPDATE 6:27 p.m.: In unpacking some of the suits, I have discovered that they do have versions for Slink and The Mesh Project male mesh avatar bodies. So not everything is just in small, medium, and large standard sizes. And the moustaches and beards (which comes in four different styles) are designed specifically to fit the Stanley and Daniel models of Catwa heads.

Here is one of my male alts, wearing the men’s casual suit in black, with black Oxford shoes. The shirt comes in open and closed collar versions, each in tucked and untucked versions. The outfit even comes with black socks! I’m very impressed with the quality of the clothing.

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This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head and Body: Max Altamura avatar (free from UniHispana Crea; comes with a HUD with complete alpha controls)

Eyes: brown Dream eyes by YS&YS (free gift from a previous Second Life shopping event; no longer available)

Outfit (Shirt, Jacket, Pants, and Socks): black men’s casual suit by Kauna (free)

Shoes: black Oxfords by Kauna (free)

Hair: ash blonde Chris hair (free at the Free Dove)

AO: Daily sLife free Bento male AO (free from Tuty’s)

TOTAL COST OF THIS AVATAR: FREE!

UPDATE May 29th: Well, the huge sale at Kauna has now made the news at both the NessMarket.com blog and the FabFree blog, so you can expect things to continue to be extremely busy at that particular sim! FabFree reports that Kauna is closing and the giveaway is only until the end of this month, so hurry down before it’s all gone!

UPDATE June 1st: Well, apparently the Kauna store is still open after May 31st! I have no idea how long the sale will last though, so you should get down here as soon as you can. A commenter named Kathryn Vayandar, who appears to be a representative for the store, said the following in a comment on the FabFree blogpost:

Thanks for the mention on your blog! 🙂 When I mentioned closing, I was just referring to the special sale, not the store. The special prices are for a very short time only. As far as I know, the store is not closing.

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Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: A FREE Male Newbie Avatar Makeover in Fifteen Minutes!

Not too long ago, I showed you a total makeover for a newbie female avatar. Today I wanted to show you a similar makeover, but for a male avatar, which took me less than 15 minutes!

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

Male Noobie Makeover 19 May 2018

My avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head and Body: Max Altamura avatar (free from UniHispana Crea)

Mesh Eyes: from the Kenna mesh head package from Genesis Lab (group gift; limited time free group join)

Shirt, Jeans and Jacket: Eric complete outfit (free at the Free Dove)

Shoes: camel Stars (free at Ajuda SL Brasil)

Hair: ash blonde Chris hair (free at the Free Dove)

AO: Daily sLife free Bento male AO (free from Tuty’s)

TOTAL COST OF THIS AVATAR: FREE!

Second Life Steals and Deals: Get a Full Bento Altamura Mesh Avatar Head and Body for Only L$300 at the eBENTO First Anniversary Event

Not too long ago, Altamura had a real deal on the Valentina mesh avatar head and body package for only L$300. Well, that deal is over, but Altamura now has another deal at the same price, this time for a male mesh avatar head and body package called Max.

This is a fully-adjustable, fully-featured Bento mesh avatar with separate HUDs for the body (with four skin tones), head, nails, and hand poses, plus a skin and makeup applier and face animation pack. This is an Omega-compatible avatar body with the relay, which is sold separately for L$99. (Note that this deal is the full package, NOT the same as the freebie versions of Max you can get at two freebie stores in SL, which do not offer the choice of four skin tones or all of these HUDs.) Here’s a picture of the head, nails, makeup, and body HUDs:

Altamura Max HUDs 10 May 2018

Here’s a shot of Max wearing some free clothing from Giz Seorn from the New Resident Island village. I adjusted the sliders for his head a little from the default settings. Quite the handsome fellow, don’t you think? This is the lightest of the four skin tones.

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You do have to join the Altamura group for L$50 to take advantage of this special (just click the sign underneath the vendor panel). The price for Max without joining the group is L$6,000, so you’re only paying 5% of the full cost when you buy with the group discount! Given that you could spend up to L$5,000 on a Bento mesh head alone, this is really a great deal! Here’s what the Max vendor panel looks like at the eBENTO event:

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And here’s a SLURL that takes you directly to Altamura booth at the event.